Dutch Proverbs 1: Don’t be a Hen-Feeler

That is, don’t be miserly – checking if the hen is about to lay an egg when you’re in the point of slaughtering it. Detail from The Folly of the World by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1559, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin. The painting (below) illustrates 112 Dutch proverbs.

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